#AceNewsReport – Dec.09: Paris was in lockdown early on Saturday with thousands of security officers braced to meet renewed rioting by “yellow vest” protesters in the capital and other French cities, in a fourth weekend of confrontation over living costs: The Eiffel Tower and other tourist landmarks were shut, shops were boarded up to avoid looting and street furniture was removed to avoid metal bars from being used as projectiles………..About 89,000 police were deployed across the country………..Of these, about 8,000 were deployed in Paris to avoid a repeat of last Saturday’s mayhem, when rioters torched cars and looted shops off the famed Champs Elysees boulevard, and defaced the Arc de Triomphe with graffiti directed at President Emmanuel Macron……….Protesters using social media have billed the weekend as “Act IV” in a dramatic challenge to Mr Macron and his policies…………..The protests, named after the high-visibility safety jackets French motorists have to keep in their cars, erupted in November over the squeeze on household budgets caused by fuel taxes #AceNewsDesk reports
Demonstrations have since swelled into a broad, sometimes-violent rebellion against Mr Macron — a challenge made more difficult to handle since the movement has no formal leader: Authorities say the protests have been hijacked by far-right and anarchist elements bent on violence and stirring up social unrest in a direct affront to Mr Macron and the security forces………Nonetheless, the 40-year-old Mr Macron, whose popularity is at a low ebb according to polls, has been forced into making the first major U-turn of his presidency by abandoning a fuel tax.
Despite the climbdown, the “yellow vests” continue to demand more concessions from the Government, including lower taxes, higher salaries, cheaper energy costs, better retirement provisions and even Mr Macron’s resignation: One of them, Eric Drouet, a truck driver, called on protesters to storm into the Elysee presidential palace. An Elysee official has said intelligence suggested that some protesters would come to the capital “to vandalise and to kill”.
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